C.V. Starr East Asian Library Receives Luce Foundation Grant for Tibetan Studies Librarian Position
NEW YORK, April 29, 2013 –

Columbia University Libraries’ C.V. Starr East Asian Library is pleased to announce the receipt of a $300,000 three-year grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support a Tibetan Studies Librarian position.

“This grant is not only a valuable source of financial support, but also recognizes Columbia Libraries’ leading role in the development of the Tibetan Studies collection and support for Tibetan studies worldwide,” said Jim Cheng, Director of the Starr Library. “The grant enables us to maintain this important position at the Starr Library, which will benefit the Tibetan studies community in a long-term way.”

The Tibetan Studies collection at the Starr Library is currently the largest outside of China and the largest publicly accessible worldwide, containing more than 10,000 titles in the Tibetan language and several thousand titles in Chinese and western languages on Tibetan religion, literature, and the social sciences.

In addition to meeting the expanding needs of the student and scholarly communities at Columbia in this subject area, the work of the Tibetan Studies Librarian, currently, Dr. Lauran Hartley, provides support and leadership to scholars in the field of Tibetan Studies both nationally and internationally.  This grant reinforces Columbia University Libraries’ commitment to make the Tibetan Studies Librarian position a permanent fixture of the Starr Library.

"We are extremely grateful to the Luce Foundation for extending its support for Tibetan studies at Columbia University,” said Gray Tuttle, the Leila Hadley Luce Associate Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies, Columbia University. “Dr. Hartley's position is unique in Tibetan studies, and her demonstrated ability to serve not only the Columbia University community, but the wider field, and her innovative work as an offsite reference librarian for Toronto University makes this a well-deserved recognition of her talents."

The C.V. Starr East Asian Library is one of the top five collections for the study of East Asia in the United States, with over one million volumes of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Western language materials, as well as some holdings in Mongol and Manchu, and over 7,280 periodical titles. The collection, established in 1902, is particularly strong in Chinese history, literature, and social sciences; Japanese literature, history, and religion, particularly Buddhism; and Korean history. The Starr library hosts collection-related symposiums, exhibitions, projects and programs.
For more information, please visit: https://library.columbia.edu/locations/eastasian.html

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